Here’s an interesting item: True Blue Americans by Paul Krugman, originally published 05/07/02 in the N.Y. Times and reprinted by the Common Dreams site.
Here’s a quote: “You’ve heard the story many times: the denizens of the heartland, we’re told, are rugged, self-reliant, committed to family; the inhabitants of the coast are whining yuppies. Indeed, George W. Bush has declared that he visits his stage set — er, ranch — in Crawford to “stay in touch with real Americans.” (And what are those of us who live in New Jersey — chopped liver?) But neither the praise heaped on the heartland nor the denigration of the coasts has any basis in reality. I’ve done some statistical comparisons using one popular definition of the heartland: the “red states” that — in an election that pitted both coasts against the middle — voted for Mr. Bush. How do they compare with the “blue states” that voted for Al Gore?”
Yes, how do they compare? If you buy into the myth of the moral superiority of the rural American heartland, you’ll be surprised by the answer.